Aerial view of the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton, 2010.

Aerial image of Murray County Fairgrounds

Aerial view of the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton, 2010. From the collection of the Murray County News.

Black and white photograph of the Murray County Fairgrounds, 1980s

Murray County Fairgrounds

Murray County Fairgrounds, 1980s. From the archives of the University of Minnesota Extension, Murray County.

Black and white photograph of a 4-H livestock auction at the Murray County Fair, ca. 1980s.

4-H livestock auction at the Murray County Fair

A 4-H livestock auction at the Murray County Fair, ca. 1980s. From the archives of the University of Minnesosta Extension, Murray County.

Black and white photograph of men working on a fair building at the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton, 1950s.

Murray County Fairground improvements

Men working on a fair building at the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton, 1950s. From the archives of the University of Minnesosta Extension, Murray County.

Black and white photograph of a 4-H Club Building on the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton, 1936.

4-H Club Building on the Murray County Fairgrounds

4-H Club Building on the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton, 1936.

Black and white photograph of the grandstand at the Murray County Fair in Slayton, 1925.

Grandstand at the Murray County Fair in Slayton

Grandstand at the Murray County Fair in Slayton, 1925. From the archives of the University of Minnesota Extension, Murray County.

Black and white photograph of a 4-H Club exhibitor with a dairy steer at the Murray County Fair, ca. 1920s.

4-H exhibitor with dairy steer

A 4-H Club exhibitor with a dairy steer at the Murray County Fair, ca. 1920s. From the archives of the University of Minnesota Extension, Murray County.

Black and white photograph of the Hadley Farmers’ Club booth at the Murray County Fair, 1920.

Hadley Farmers’ Club booth

Hadley Farmers’ Club booth at the Murray County Fair, 1920.

Colorized postcard depicting the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton, 1912.

Postcard depicting the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton

Postcard depicting the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton, 1912. From the archives of the Murray County Historical Society.

Murray County Fair

The first Murray County Fair was held in 1880. From 1884 through 1898 there were rival fairs, one in Currie and one in Slayton. Each claimed to be the official county fair, but both were discontinued at the turn of the century. In 1912 the Murray County Fair returned and has been held annually (with two exceptions) since that year.

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